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Important (must read):
http://mashable.com/2016/07/20/obama-solar-energy-program/
http://ww2.kqed.org/science/2014/11/24/california-utilities-and-solar-companies-battle-over-electricity-prices/ - done watching
http://www.solarmango.com/faq/4 - How much roof area do I require to install a rooftop solar PV system
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/17/fact-sheet-administration-announces-68-cities-states-and-businesses-are
http://spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/solar/solar-energy-isnt-always-as-green-as-you-think
http://time.com/3933638/solar-panels-house/

Federal Tax Incentive:
http://www.greentechmedia.com/squared/read/gtm-research-roundtable-the-itc-awakens
http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/solar-itc-extension-approved-in-the-us-senate_100022519/#axzz40PJqtzxo - done reading
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/breaking-house-passes-1.1-trillion-spending-bill-with-renewable-energy-tax - done reading
http://www.greenbiz.com/article/congress-extends-renewable-investment-tax-credit-what-now
http://energy.gov/savings/business-energy-investment-tax-credit-itc
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/renewables-boom-expected-thanks-to-tax-credit/
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/congress-strikes-deal-to-extend-wind-solar-tax-credits-and-lift-oil-export/410947/
http://news.energysage.com/congress-extends-the-solar-tax-credit/
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/544981/tax-credit-extension-gives-solar-industry-a-new-boom/
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/09/09/federal-solar-tax-credit-extension-can-win-lose/
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2015/02/will-solar-plunge-off-the-tax-credit-cliff.html
http://solar.gwu.edu/q-a/will-congress-extend-solar-tax-incentives-expiring-2016
http://energy.gov/savings/residential-renewable-energy-tax-credit
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/the-solar-industry-needs-to-let-its-federal-tax-credit-die-says-this-ceo

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/go-green-india-launches-its-first-solar-powered-local-muqbil-ahmar
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/banks-and-businesses-mobilize-record-levels-of-investment-around-the-paris
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/breaking-california-net-metering-2.0-keeps-retail-rates-for-rooftop-solar
http://sunmetrix.com/what-if-each-and-every-building-in-the-united-states-had-a-solar-roof/
http://www.siliconvalley.com/green-energy/ci_28580259/pg-e-proposes-wide-ranging-changes-solar-electricity
http://www.solarpowerrocks.com/solar-trends/solar-tax-credits-run-off-the-rails/
http://www.solarpowerrocks.com/solar-trends/if-your-gonna-make-solar-subsidies-makem-long/
http://www.solarpowerrocks.com/solar-trends/google-renewable-energy-press-release/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy
http://www.economist.com/debate/days/view/1030
http://exploringgreentechnology.com/solar-energy/cost-of-solar-panels/ - done reading - good overview of various issues related to solar
http://costofsolar.com/residential-solar-cost-expected-drop-40-2017/
http://costofsolar.com/solar-powered-cars-solar-pv-plugin-ev/
http://costofsolar.com/hybrid-solar-thermal-panels-produce-electricity-heat-quadruple-energy-production/
http://costofsolar.com/solar-101-like-live-solar-powered-house-video/
http://costofsolar.com/solar-app-tracks-electricity-production-home-energy-use/
http://costofsolar.com/home-community-solar-energy-prices-time-lows/
http://costofsolar.com/california-solar-permitting-guidebook-speed-solar-permits/
http://costofsolar.com/cost-solar-pv-less-grid-electricity-42-americas-50-largest-cities/
http://www.energyupgradeca.org/en/learn/energy-impact-on-our-climate/what-is-california-climate-credit
http://www.pge.com/en/myhome/saveenergymoney/energysavingprograms/euca/index.page?WT.mc_id=Vanity_upgrade
http://www.pge.com/en/myhome/saveenergymoney/savingstips/seasonaltips/summer/index.page?WT.mc_id=Vanity_summer
http://www.residentialsolar101.org/california-laws-will-boost-residential-solar-installations/
http://www.proudgreenhome.com/news/electric-meter-technology-reduces-cost-of-solar-power-installation/

ROI:
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/11/08/solar-worth/ - done reading
http://costofsolar.com/solar-roi/ - done reading
http://www.wholesalesolar.com/solar-information/return-on-solar-investment - done reading
http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2012-11-12/one-year-with-solar-energy-at-home-mostly-sunny - done reading
http://www.improvenet.com/a/solar-roi - done reading

Environmental cost of producing solar panels:
http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/chinas-solar-panel-production-comes-at-a-dirty-cost/ - done reading
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy04osti/35489.pdf
http://info.cat.org.uk/questions/pv/what-energy-and-carbon-payback-time-pv-panels-uk
http://www.recgroup.com/en/sustainability/Environment-and-climate/Carbon-footprint-and-Energy-PayBack-time/
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/12/26/solar-energy-payback-time-charts/
http://spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/solar/solar-energy-isnt-always-as-green-as-you-think
http://www.academia.edu/8856517/ENERGY_PAY_BACK_PERIOD_AND_CARBON_PAY_BACK_PERIOD_FOR_SOLAR_PHOTOVOLTAIC_POWER_PLANT
http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/graph-of-the-day-myth-of-solar-pv-energy-payback-time-22167
http://www.roperld.com/science/SolarPVPayback.htm
http://www.ecotopia.com/apollo2/pvepbtoz.htm

Efficiency:
http://solarpower.org/News/800407125-hypersolars-new-technology-ups-efficiency-of-solar-panels-by-300/
http://solarpower.org/News/solar-innovation-march-2014-real-time-efforts-boost-solar-efficiency-rates/
http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/saving-energy/take-back-your-energy-bills-energy-efficiency-measures-work-you/ - done reading

Electricity rate:
http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/01/biggest-power-bills-business-energy-texas-electric.html

Solar versus utilities:
http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/28/solar-energy-explainer/ - done reading (talk about climate change)
The grid and utility companies:
http://www.nationalgridus.com/non_html/shared_yours-ours.pdf
http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/power9.htm
http://www.smartwiregrid.com/
http://che.nelson.wisc.edu/cool_stuff/energy/grid.shtml
http://www.raponline.org/docs/RAP_Lazar_ElectricityRegulationInTheUS_Guide_2011_03.pdf
https://www.smartgrid.gov/the_smart_grid
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/07/power-grid/achenbach-text

California:
http://www.solarpowerrocks.com/california/
http://costofsolar.com/solar-panels-california-how-to-get-started-with-solar-power-in-ca/
http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2013/06/18/the-california-solar-initiative-is-ending-what-has-it-left-behind/
http://grist.org/news/oil-companies-try-to-weasel-out-of-californias-cap-and-trade-program/
http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25664
http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/solar_basics/rights.php
http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/about/gosolar/legislation.php
http://solar-rights.com/files/THE_CALIFORNIA_SOLAR_RIGHTS_ACT2.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_California
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/05/10/california-towns-pass-law-requiring-new-buildings-to-have-solar-panels.html
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/AB-327-Signed-Into-Law-in-California-With-Solar-NEM-Warning-from-Jerry-Bro
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012/04/testing-the-limits-of-the-california-solar-act
http://opr.ca.gov/docs/California_Solar_Permitting_Guidebook.pdf
http://www.wholesalesolar.com/california.html
http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/nr/rdonlyres/36da0c14-53e2-4d8b-af2b-39396604fe90/0/epicworkshop_aggregatedslides.pdf
http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Climate+Change/research+and+development.htm
http://www.stoel.com/energy-law-alert-california-net-metering-reform-passes

China:
http://solarpv.tv/video/956/china-sets-15-gw-goal-for-2015-gcl-s-plan-2-gw-in-china-625-mw-in-2014-in-latin-america-sma-to-lay-off-of-workforce-uk-nearly-doubles-its-solar-capacity-italy-to-end-all-solar-incentives-obama-commits-us-2-billion-to-renewable-energy-in-india

Commercial:
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy10osti/45139.pdf

Hawaii:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/solar-hawaii_n_4101425.html
http://www.hawaiireporter.com/a-price-point-for-rooftop-solar-panels
http://www.forbes.com/sites/justingerdes/2013/07/26/why-hawaii-just-became-an-even-better-market-for-solar/

Free:
http://solarlove.org/free-solar-panels-worth-16000/

Germany:
http://solarlove.org/germany-solar-power-us-solar-power/
http://solarlove.org/renewable-energy-germany-charts/
http://www.renewablesinternational.net/german-pv-stats-for-2014/150/452/85268/
http://energytransition.de/2015/01/german-government-announces-new-rules-for-solar/
http://energytransition.de/2015/01/did-germany-reject-or-just-postpone-capacity-payments/
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-23/power-plant-capacity-payments-inevitable-in-germany-ubs-says.html
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/02/28/germany-announces-first-tender-ground-mounted-pv-150-mw/
http://ilsr.org/why-pay-double-solar-america/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddwoody/2012/07/05/cut-the-price-of-solar-in-half-by-cutting-red-tape/ - done reading
http://www.e-parl.net/eparliament/pdf/080603%20FIT%20toolkit.pdf

Innovation:
http://grist.org/business-technology/19-tweets-that-explain-how-were-stifling-electricity-innovation/

Investments:
http://solarlove.org/13-million-solar-investment-by-patagonia/
http://solarlove.org/7-million-dollar-investment-tanzanian-solar-power/

Maintenance:
http://cinnamonsolar.com/how-often-should-i-clean-my-solar-panels/

Manufacturing:
http://solarpower.com/blog/solar-cell-fabric-by-japanese-researchers/
http://solarpower.com/blog/nanotechnology-to-produce-solar-steam/
http://www.fastcompany.com/1650212/hydras-solar-hydrogen-power-makes-clean-water-dirty-20000-gallons-day
http://www.pv-tech.org/news/gtm_research_expects_equivalent_of_25gw_of_new_polysilicon_production_by_20
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/4287132
http://sun.anu.edu.au/files/Ketola08_silicones_for_pv_encapsulation.pdf
http://www.dowcorning.com/content/publishedlit/06-1023-01.pdf
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/163561-the-key-to-cheap-solar-power-may-have-been-discovered-over-150-years-ago

Policies & Politics:
http://www.seia.org/policy/distributed-solar/net-metering
http://allianceforsolarchoice.com/about-net-metering/
http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/net-metering1.htm
http://votesolar.org/fact-room/more-resources/resources-impacts-of-net-metering-in-california/
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/01/new-state-study-demonstrates-benefit-to-ratepayers-of-net-metering
http://howtousesolar.com/5-benefits-of-net-metering-spinning-the-meter-backwards-with-solar-power/
http://puc.nv.gov/About/Media_Outreach/Announcements/Announcements/7/2014_-_Net_Metering_Study/
http://www.midwestenergynews.com/2015/02/27/study-finds-net-metering-to-be-a-net-benefit-in-missouri/
http://redgreenandblue.org/2015/01/28/ious-ransom-solar-washington/
http://ilsr.org/liberty-solar/
http://ilsr.org/californias-ab-2145-undermines-clean-energy-local-economies-majority-rule/
http://ilsr.org/capita-electricity-permanently-flat-u-s/
http://ilsr.org/report-energy-democracy/
http://energytransition.de/2015/01/where-is-the-energy-transition-headed-in-2015/
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/26/3614703/governors-climate-guide-post-midterms/
http://grist.org/news/score-one-for-alec-west-virginia-is-first-state-to-repeal-a-renewable-energy-standard/
http://solarlove.org/solar-ceo-says-republican-congress-good/
http://reason.org/news/show/get-the-government-out-of-solar
http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2012-10-21/when-it-comes-to-government-subsidies-dirty-energy-still-cleans-up
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/11/solar-nuclear-clean-coal-obama-china-climate-deal - done reading
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-12/china-hunger-for-clean-energy-to-leave-no-rooftop-behind.html
http://grist.org/news/this-is-how-little-it-costs-for-states-to-go-renewable/
http://grist.org/news/washington-state-just-lopped-up-to-2500-off-the-cost-of-solar-panels-heres-how/
http://grist.org/news/u-s-tariffs-on-chinese-solar-panels-break-trade-rules-wto-says/
http://grist.org/politics/meet-the-wisconsin-republicans-who-love-solar/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danny-kennedy/white-house-solar-power_b_3769527.html
http://phys.org/news/2013-08-solar-energy-greece.html
http://www.solarpowerrocks.com/solar-trends/holy-crap-holy-crap-solar-tax-credits-passed-holy-crap/
http://www.solarpowerrocks.com/solar-trends/solar-tax-credits-run-off-the-rails/
http://www.solarpowerrocks.com/solar-trends/tax-credits-passed/
http://www.solarpowerrocks.com/solar-trends/washington-dc-usa-investment-tax-credit-extension-bill-introduced-in-senate/

Right to the sun:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/installing-and-maintaining-home-solar-electric-system
http://www.caionline.org/govt/Pages/SolarRightsandEasementsbyState.aspx
http://energy.gov/savings/solar-easement-and-solar-shade-control-act
http://cyberparent.com/renewable-energy/solar-easements-real-property.htm
http://www.solartronicsinc.com/what-is-solar-rights-law-or-a-solar-easement/
http://my.solarroadmap.com/userfiles/Resource-Section_CA-Solar-Easement-Law.pdf
https://www.irwaonline.org/eweb/upload/0695a.pdf
http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/lca/Pages/SolarUseEasements.aspx
http://www.gosolarnow.com/pdf%20files/CASolarAccessLaws.pdf

Utilities:
http://solarpower.com/blog/duke-energy-acquires-solar-project-in-tucson/

Water conservation:
http://flexalert.org/save-energy/water-tips

Leasing is a bad deal:
http://www.newsmax.com/BradleyBlakeman/Roof-Solar-Panels-Fraud/2014/03/14/id/559661/

Other:
http://solarlove.org/98-electricity-can-generated-solar-panels-alabama-steel-plant/
http://costofsolar.com/solar-101-self-consumption-home-solar-power/
http://grist.org/climate-energy/obamas-carbon-rule-hangs-on-this-one-legal-question/
http://solarlove.org/tipping-point-grid-defection-might-occur/
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy10osti/46723.pdf
http://blog.wholesalesolar.com/gear-america/
http://solarpower.org/News/2013072302-would-multi-colored-solar-systems-convince-you-to-invest/
http://solarpower.org/News/solar-everywhere-dryers-drones-and-more/
http://solarpower.org/News/california-boulder-get-busy-crowdsourcing-solar-panels/
http://solarpower.org/News/apple-takes-next-step-solar-iphone-new-patent/
http://solarpower.org/News/solar-everywhere-solar-parking-light-bulbs-water-pumps/
http://solarpower.org/News/800628401-japanese-company-to-release-portable-solar-power-system/
http://solarpower.org/News/800642793-upgrades-in-photovoltaic-technology-makes-it-more-attractive/
http://solarpower.org/News/800656913-solar-energy-in-outer-space-becoming-more-realistic/
http://solarpower.org/News/simple-low-cost-way-boost-solar-panel-performance-40/
http://solarpower.org/News/solar-everywhere-jan-2014-solar-soldiers-bridges/
http://solarpower.org/News/solar-everywhere-electric-bikes-sled-scars-solar-robot-more/
http://solarpower.org/News/turning-solar-farms-actual-farms/
http://solarpower.org/articles/solar-power-savings/
http://solarpower.org/articles/solar-power-installation-breakdown/
http://solar.smps.us/
http://solarpower.org/articles/solar-financing-makes-alternative-energy-affordable/
http://solarpower.org/articles/5-top-businesses-to-benefit-from-solar-power/
http://solarpower.org/News/800643892-innovative-solar-energy-designs-in-arizona-to-provide-clean-energy/
http://solarpower.org/News/800325792-solar-company-raises-money-to-fund-its-thin-film-solar-technology/
http://solarpower.org/News/800314029-researchers-develop-new-solar-technology-that-produces-heat/
http://solarpower.org/News/800261785-new-businesses-produce-carbon-cutting-products/
http://solarpower.org/News/800156699-hangar-at-kc-airport-employs-solar-to-heat-water/
http://solarpower.org/News/19895357-solar-energy-investments-can-benefit-taxpayers/
http://solarpower.org/News/19836847-company-focuses-on-solar-water-heaters/
http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/energy-production/solar-energy-night.htm/printable
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/CPF-Launches-Assault-on-Rooftop-Solar-Costs-with-DOE-Backing
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/OneRoof-Energy-Wins-50M-For-Roofer-Installed-Solar-PPAs
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/silverado-power-advances-its-new-idea-for-building-solar
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Huge-Win-For-California-Solar-CPUC-Keeps-Net-Energy-Metering-Alive
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/in-california-large-and-small-generators-tussle-over-grid-rules
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/how-will-the-california-system-operator-cope-with-33-renewables
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/have-small-wind-manufacturers-exploited-loopholes-in-california-rebates
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/california-bill-50-percent-renewables
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Video-Breakdown-What-Obamas-Climate-Rule-Really-Means-for-the-Cleantech-I
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Global-Solar-PV-System-Pricing-Set-to-Fall-40-by-2020
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/russia-electric-car-charging
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/tabuchi-electric-and-geli-team-up-for-solar-plus-storage
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/pick-your-partners-wisely-in-solar
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/can-california-renewables-survive-democracy
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/the-iso-fast-or-slow
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/11/28/joy-solar-infographics/
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/11/18/home-storage-market-explode-solar-news/

http://www.solarpowerrocks.com/solar-trends/cmon-solar-industry-we-can-do-it/ - done reading
http://www.solarpowerrocks.com/solar-trends/unethical-practices-in-the-solar-power-industry/ - done reading

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Solar-Fight-Club-Round-One-Feed-in-Tariffs
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/The-Return-of-Citizenr-and-Rental-Solar
http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1408356/000119312514238542/d741343d8k.htm
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/solar-universe-wants-to-expand-dealer-franchise-with-7-million-round
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/sunrun

http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1406/FEAT_01_Solar-Inverters-Face-The-Demands-Of-A-New-Day-With-More-Functionality.html
http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2012-10-25/solar-energy-is-ready-dot-the-u-dot-s-dot-isnt
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/21/solar-industry-facing-job-losses
http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2014/04/04/sunedison-the-global-market-for-solar-irrigation-is-almost-limitless/
http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/us-federal-government-tips-solar-for-leading-energy-role_100015766/
http://abc7.com/archive/9389922/
http://abc7.com/archive/9204133/
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/category.asp?category%5Fname=National+Electrical+Code+%28NEC%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reciprocating_steam_engine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_turbine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demand_response
http://www.meyerburger.com/en/media/ad-hoc-commercial-news/current/?newsevents
http://www.solarcurator.com/2014/05/30/expansive-solar-value-stream/
http://www.visionofearth.org/industry/renewable-energy/renewable-energy-review/how-can-renewables-deliver-dispatchable-power-on-demand/
http://grist.org/climate-energy/celebrate-solar-power-at-a-solstice-event-this-weekend/
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140821192526-258664-sorry-bill-gates-but-you-re-wrong-on-this-issue
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/02/3110731/california-rooftop-solar-2013/
http://www.rtcc.org/2012/07/04/ten-things-you-can-do-with-solar-power/
http://www.ask.com/question/what-does-solar-energy-do
http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/solar-cell5.htm
http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/solar-power-help-environment.htm
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_can_solar_panels_do

Grid Energy Storage:
http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/sustainable/grid-energy-storage.htm/printable

Community Solar:
http://www.ilsr.org/community-solar-new-model-local-ownership/

Solar Products:
http://www.sunlightconcepts.com/content/show/6934

Fracking:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/05/130528-monterey-shale-california-fracking/

Becoming an installer:
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090621194112AAhdLoF
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/08/is-a-nabcep-certification-really-necessary
http://www.ehow.com/how_5009908_become-solar-panel-installation-contractor.html
https://www.solaraccreditation.com.au/installers/becoming-accredited.html

http://www.globalsources.com/ST/12-Average-Things-Solar-Makes-Cool.html
http://www.qrg.northwestern.edu/projects/vss/docs/power/1-what-are-solar-panels.html
https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140629225639-258664-with-so-much-u-s-oil-why-is-gas-3-70

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